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Universal Access Auditing

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Universal Access Auditing

Three Day Training Course



Access to the built and external environment affects a large number of people within society. It is accepted throughout the European Union that at any one time 15-20% of the population will have a significant level of disability of a temporary or permanent nature.


Access audits are inspections of buildings or external environments aimed at assessing their accessibility against relevant standards and best practice guidelines, such as National Disability Authority (NDA) Guidelines, “Building for Everyone” and BS8300:2009.


This three-day course is designed for personnel who wish to gain an understanding of accessibility issues and access auditing and develop the skills necessary to become an access auditor. 

Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this training course, delegates should be able to:


  • Gain increased disability awareness and understanding of accessibility issues and principles of inclusive design
  • Be familiar with applicable best practice guidelines and relevant standards
  • Understand the role of an access auditor
  • Be competent to conduct an access audit and produce an audit report
  • Understand scope and methodology of a design appraisal
  • Develop practical design appraisal skills 

Who Should Attend


This training course is for anyone wishing to gain a basic understanding of access auditing issues and gain increased awareness of universal design and accessibility.  Examples of functions who may wish to attend this course include;

  • Access officers
  • Personnel responsible for access issues in public or private sector,
  • Health and safety consultants,
  • Building managers,
  • Architects,
  • Fire safety professionals,
  • Disability groups, etc. 

Course Programme


Day 1

  • Introduction to the accessibility issues – definitions, statistics, terminology used, etc
  • The Social Vs Medical models of disability
  • Illustrations of Good vs Bad practice
  • Outline of Irish and International context: legislation, guidelines & best practice, current practice in public & commercial buildings
  • Equal Status Acts - employment & equality
  • Access guides and Accessibility Awards
  • Commercial reasons for good accessibility – the Business Case
  • Introduction  to design guidance


Day 2 

  • Design appraisal exercise
  • Scope of typical design appraisal - examples, client queries, examples of design appraisals
  • Access auditing methodology - basic principles
  • Audit journey, Equipment, Examples
  • Access Audit Practical Exercise


Day 3

  • Audit exercise group presentations
  • Audit Report and Access Statements
  • Emergency egress
  • Streetscapes - examples of good v bad practice


After attending the 3-day course delegates will be required to carry out an access audit of a suitable facility or building and submit the report for assessment by the course tutor(s). 

Course Tutor



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Course Times

9.00am - 5.00pm

In-House Courses

For In-House courses, the tutor will contact you in advance to discuss the course programme in more detail in order to tailor it specifically for your organisation.

Course Manual

Delegates will receive a very comprehensive course manual.

This course is available exclusively on an In-House basis.

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